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The Writer's Almanac

The Writer's Almanac®

with Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor recounts the historical highlights of each day and reads a short poem or two.

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Today's Show

Sunday's Poem: "Belongings" by Margaret Hasse from Between Us. Sunday's Literary Notes: Today is the birthday of Roy Orbison (1936), born in Vernon, Texas, to Orbie Lee, a mechanic, and Nadine, a nurse. His father gave him a guitar on his sixth birthday, and by the time he was seven, he knew that music was his calling. He later said, "I was finished, you know, for anything else." He studied geology in college, planning to work in the oil fields if he couldn't make a living playing his guitar, but when his classmate Pat Boone signed a big record deal, it only strengthened his resolve to make a go of music. He moved to Memphis with his band, the Teen Kings, in 1956, and they had a contract and a modest hit with Sun Records. Eventually, the band split up, and Orbison worked for a while as a songwriter. Read more...

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